We're a small city with big city issues to tackle. We all need to work together and make decisions for the future of this city, and sometimes that does mean putting personal agendas aside. If we can't do this, if we can't compromise, we have created nothing but an "us versus them" situation over and over again. This stalls any progress or potential forward movement.
I think Hudson can achieve a healthy balance here. We have a robust tourism economy, we have a creative economy that is unsurpassed, we have industry, history, and recreation. But our good fortune may not continue if we don't figure out how to work--at least a little bit--together. Nothing will get done, nothing will progress, if we just keep arguing past each other.
The haul road may be an example here. You blur your eyes a little bit, and you can see two clear sides: one that seems to always be attacking, and one that's always defending. The extremes are louder, but the point here is that conversation--which opens the door for compromise--is always already hard from these extreme positions. And look where we're at with the haul road--a whole lot of nothing since 2017. . . .
Hudson is a city of limits. But there are benefits to limits. It forces us to be creative, to use what we have, waste nothing, practice restraint, to be more intentional. . . . We must do better at understanding our limits as a town--both businesses and as a community--and how we can address them together, collectively, in a balanced way.
Regarding the issue of Colarusso, the haul road, its dock operation, and its continued presence on the waterfront, the Planning Board has scheduled a special meeting to continue its consideration of the Colarusso conditional use permit applications for Thursday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m. The information thus far is that the meeting will take place at City Hall, but, given that only ten audience members are currently permitted in the Council Chamber, it is likely it may be a Zoom meeting.COPYRIGHT 2021 CAROLE OSTERINK